A few weeks ago a friend invited me to attend "To Write Love on Her Arms" day. It sounded pretty and I shelved it in my mind, thinking I'd check it out later. Then I forgot in the hustle/bustle of life.
This morning that friend had a profile picture with it written on her arm and I thought, "oh yeah, I was gonna check that out." I looked at the event and saw the hundreds of pictures uploaded and uploaded my own:
The event is meant to support "those who are fighting against depression and those who are trying to recovering." It's a nonprofit group for those who are struggling with the issue. I plan to go and see if there is a place to donate some money, too, because the point of passing on awareness should be more than just posting a mobile photo, although that is nice, too.
As I was browsing on the site, I noticed several pictures that were taken by people who had clear scars from cutting. One said as her caption something like "I have to keep working on it."
I so wanted to hug these people, and had to blink away tears. Oh, I've been sad, just like everyone, I've had heartbreak and pain. I've even gone through phases of what could definitely be classed as depression, although they've been pretty short. But I, myself, have never felt that much pain. I am too attached to the world, too in love with snow dripping off the trees and squirrels yelling that it's too cold, a warm cat on my lap, and the smile of my loved one.
But I am enough of a crusader to want to fix the pain for those who have it that strongly that they try to cut it away, or end it all. I know that writing love on my forearm won't fix anything, but perhaps letting someone know that I DO love them, even if I don't really know them, that I love the bad things they've done as well as the good because that is HUMAN, that is life, and we keep going or we don't but love is the whole point of it all. It's what we're here to learn, in my opinion. And it can be as simple as an act of random kindness or as comlex as the things that make us scream from rooftops.
It is okay to hurt, but it is even better to love yourself into NOT hurting anymore.